Welcome to the West Horndon Parish Website
Here you can find information about our village, local activities and events, and the Parish Council. To find out more, please navigate through this website using the page links above.
04/02/2016: CONSULTATION EVENTS
A number of events are taking place in relation to two current consultations - the Brentwood Borough Council Local Development Plan Consultation ("LDP"), and the Lower Thames Crossing Consultation:
Tuesday 16th February, 7.30pm: Combined LDP and Lower Thames Crossing community meeting, Village Hall, run by West Horndon Parish Council
Wednesday 17th February, 11am-7pm: Lower Thames Crossing public information event, Village Hall, run by the Highways Agency.
Monday 7th March, 4pm-8pm: LDP Drop in information session, St. Francis Church, run by Brentwood Borough Council
26/01/2016: LOWER THAMES CROSSING CONSULTATION
A new Thames Crossing consultation is taking place between 26 January and 24th March 2016. The consultation can be found here:
Note that Route 4 would brush West Horndon via the A127. The remaining routes would also impact our local communities surrounding the village, in particuar, Orsett.
It is extremely important that this information is spread around our community, and as many people as possible respond to the consultation with their views.
We will ensure that information is also put up on our notice boards, and will try to get some paper copies available. We will confirm locations as soon as possible.
07/01/2016: PARISH CLERK VACANCY
West Horndon Parish Council is seeking to employ a Parish Clerk who will also be the Responsible Financial Officer. Duties will include, but are not limited to, minute taking, preparing agendas, dealing with correspondence, liaising with the public and other local authorities, group and organisations, and preparing budgets and accounts.
Previous Parish Clerk or local government working experience is desirable. The successful applicant will be expected to hold the Certificate in Local Council Administration or be prepared to work towards this in their first year in office.
Applicants must have excellent communication skills, IT competence, self motivation and flexibility.
Proposed working hours will be 5 hours per day, 3 days a week (09:00-15:00 including breaks - days/hours flexible to suit) as well as evening attendance at Council and other meetings is essential (minimum 12 per year).
This position is home-based for which an allowance is payable and all appropriate equipment is provided.
Please send your CV with a covering letter, outlining why you think you are suitably qualified/experienced for this post, including name and contact details for two referees, one of whom to be your current or last employer, to the Chairman at the address below.
You must be eligible to work in the UK to apply for this position.
Applications can be sent to the Chairman, Mr Colin Foan, WHPC, c/o 124 Boyce Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex, SS17 8RJ, telephone 07905416941, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closing date 7th February 2016.
07/01/2016: PARISH COUNCILLOR VACANCIES
We currently have two vacancies for Parish Councillors. No qualifications or experience necessary - just enthusiasm! Would you like to make a difference in your community? Do you have some ideas on how to improve the area in which you live? Come and join us on the Parish Council!
For more information or just an informat chat, please contact Cllr Colin Foan (email@example.com - 01277 812197), or our Clerk Lynne Farquhar (firstname.lastname@example.org - 07905416941).
25/09/2015: WEST HORNDON CITIZENSHIP AWARDS CEREMONY
On 24th September, WHPC held the annual West Horndon Citizenship Awards ceremony. We were priviledged to have this year's awards handed out by the Brentwood Deputy Mayor. A very well done to all of this year's award winners, and a big thanks to all of those who attended and made it a special evening for all of those involved.
25/09/2015: WHPC COUNCILLORS RECEIVE ROSPA CERTIFICATES
Earlier this year, 3 WHPC councillors took time out of their day to day to take a ROSPA course in playground safety. Councillors McNicol, Foan and Crowley are now fully qualified to assess and monitor the safety of the playground at West Horndon park. We were priviledged to have the ROSPA certificates handed out by our deputy Mayor last night. A couple of pictures below!
18/09/2015: WEST HORNDON RECYCLING CENTER - WE WANT YOUR VIEWS!
There is an ongoing dialogue between West Horndon Parish Council and Brentwood Borough Council regarding the future of the West Horndon Recycling Center (the recycling center opposite the Railway Pub/West Horndon station). To inform any decision that is made, we would welcome as many residents as possible give us their views on the recycling centre. We have created a survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LJFP3XY - it is very quick to complete and open to all residents.
Please do take 2 minutes to complete the survey - we need as many views as possible to ensure that any decision to keep it open or closed truely reflects the views of the wider community, not just the council!
17/09/2015: ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL BUS REVIEW - CONSULTATION
Essex County Council have launched a bus review consultation of its services, open now and closing on 21st October 2015. Access to the consultation can be found at http://www.essexhighways.org/Transport-and-Roads/Getting-Around/Bus/Bus-review.aspx. Changes to services primarily appear to impact the northern areas of Essex, with the two bus services through West Horndon (265 and 565) not impacted (565 is specifically mentioned as not impacted in the supporting documentation, and the 265 is a Thurrock supported service, outside of ECC's remit). For those residents regularly using bus transport across the wider borough and county, a review of the consultation may be of interest.
13/09/2015: WEST HORNDON CITIZENSHIP AWARD CEREMONY
The West Horndon Citizenship Award ceremony will be held at the start of our WHPC September meeting - 24th September at the Village Hall, at 7.30pm. The Brentwood Mayor will be in attendance - all very welcome. Come along for a great community event recognising really deserving members of our community. As usual there will be refreshments served, and there is no obligation to stay for our full meeting after the ceremony!
19/08/2015: MAYOR'S CHARITY BOWLS EVENT: 19th SEPTEMBER
On Saturday 19th September a charity bowls event will be held at Kings Chase Bowls Club raising money for SNAP and The Brentwood Philharmonic Orchestra. There is space for 14 teams of 4 players for 21 ends, at £20 per player (16 years or older). This includes green fees and a BBQ. Spectators are also welcome at £15 per adult and £5 for children under 10 years - this fee also includes a BBQ. There will also be a raffle, entertainment and a bar. Training will be provided and bowls can either be borrowed or your own broght along. Training starts at 2.30pm for a 3pm start.
Please book your team tickets for £80 per team by contacting Jane Bennett on 01277 210104 or email@example.com. Additional tickets can be ordered at the same time.
Promotional leaflet can be found here.
08/07/2015: BRENTWOOD BOROUGH COUNCIL CONSULTATION RESPONSES
Brentwood Borough Council have released a press release, found here, regarding responses made by the Brentwood community on the Strategic Growth Options consultation held earlier this year. In summary, Brentwood Borough Council will shortly be writing to everyone who responded to the Strategic Growth Options consultation, noting that their comments have been registered and will shortly be made available online. The press release also notes that the next stage is for Brentwood Borough Council to publish a formal Consultation Statement, which will feed in to the ongoing work being undertaken by Brentwood Borough Council on their Local Development Plan ("LDP"). Lastly, it notes that it is still expected that a further consultation will be held on the LDP later this year. As ever, West Horndon Parish Council will continue to seek to work pro-actively with Brentwood Borough Council with regards to the potential impact on our community from any future development plans.
29/06/2015: PARISH NEWSLETTER
All residents should be receiving a hard copy of the latest village newsletter through their letter box in the next few days. For those who can't wait or would like a sneek peak, we have uploaded a soft copy here.
15/06/2015: LDP (LOCAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN) PROCESS - NO NEWS, BUT WORK ONGOING
Despite the work put in by West Horndon residents to respond to both the Strategic Growth Options consultation, and the Dunton Garden Suburb consultation earlier this year, no further progress with regards to their LDP/development plans has been communicated to either the Parish Council or the wider Brentwood Borough residents by Brentwood Borough Council. The timing of the closing of the consultations coincided with the Borough Council election process, and it is understood that the new administration are still getting up to speed with responses and agreeing a path forwards for the LDP.
As such, unfortunately which this is a key issue for West Horndon, and despite the time elapsed since the latest consultation rounds closed, the Parish Council do not have an update for residents at this time. We wanted to flag this to you however, given how important this issue is to local residents and us as a Parish as a whole.
The Parish Council is not however just waiting re-engagement from Brentwood Borough Council. We are actively seeking meetings with key planning officers, and in the meantime we are working on our own sustainability appraisal which should provide us with a clearer view as to what level of development could be truely considered sustainable for West Horndon as a parish. This will enable us as a parish to provide a firm and well informed response to the Borough Council as and when they re-engage on their LDP plans.
11/06/2015: VEHICLE SAFETY REMINDER
The Brentwood area has suffered an increased number of incidents relating to car crime recently, please read the following information to reduce your risk of becoming a victim.
Always shut the doors, windows and sunroof and ensure the car is locked. Never walk away from your car unless you are certain its locked by testing the handle.
Use a steering wheel lock if you have one, they have been around for a long time but are still very effective.
When you are at home don't leave your keys on show. put them in a safe place away from windows and doors.
If possible remove all valuables from the car, if it is not possible to remove them then put them out of sight.
When parking at home park in your garage if you have one, if not then park in a well lit area that has good natural surveillance from neighbouring properties.
When not parking at home try and use a secure car park, preferably monitored or with barriers. Again if its dark park in well lit areas. look for car parks that have the 'Park Mark' sign, these have been accredited as secure car parks by meeting the approved criteria. you can find these car parks by going on their website at: www.parkmark.co.uk
Please also visit www.essex.police.uk/my_neighbourhood.aspx for more information and to find your local officer contact details
14/05/2015: CHANGES TO ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL SUNDAY SAVER BUS FARES
We have been advised that Essex County Council will be increasing the price of its Sunday Saver ticket from Sunday 14th June 2015. The Sunday Saver Day Ticket is a "multi-operator bus ticket" offering unlimited day travel on all qualifying bus services in Essex on a Sunday, except on services operated by TfL and some premium bus routes.
A single adult fare increases from £2.80 to £4.00, single child from £1.50 to £2.00, and family from £8.00 to £10.00.
Information flyer can be found here.
30/04/2015: LOCAL SCHOOL TRANSPORT
West Horndon Parish Council are aware of the fact that many parents of pupils going to Brentwood County High have been informed that they will have to pay for their school transport going forwards. Having spoken to our Essex County Councillor on the matter, we understand that this appears to be an unintended consequence of an Essex wide transport policy introduced last year. This policy sought to limit funded school transport to those pupils who took up the place offered to them at their nearest school. When debated, it was understood that BCHS was the closest school to West Horndon. Based on correspondence with some local parents, it appears that the nearest school has been calculated as a Basildon/Laindon based school.
Given this was not intended to be the case, our Essex County Councillor will be taking the matter up. We (WHPC) will remain in dialogue to ensure that this situation is resolved in a positive manner.
15/04/2015: LOCAL PLANNING APPLICATION DECISIONS
Two planning applications within West Horndon Parish were referred to the Brentwood Borough Council Planning and Development Control Committee held on the 14th April 2015. These applications related to 1) the former Elliots nightclub and petrol station on the A127, and 2) 9 Thorndon Avenue.
WHPC had supported the proposed development on the old Elliots site, noting that whilst it was technically green belt land, it had been laying derelict for c. 30 years. The development plans put forwards were considered to be well thought through, and appropriate for the site. However, the proposal was recommended for refusal by planning officers due to, amongst other things, its location in the green belt and transport links. We are pleased that the BBC Planning and Development Control Committee took a similar view to WHPC and approved the application last night.
With regards to the proposed development at 9 Thorndon Avenue, WHPC had not supported the application when we considered it earlier this year. Whilst the site is oversized versus the standard plots on Thorndon Avenue, WHPC considered the level of development proposed to be excessive, with two rows of houses proposed essentially building in to garden space. The proposed density was not in keeping with the village, and could set a precedent for treatment of other slightly larger plots locally. Whilst planning officers had recommended the application for approval, we are plased that the BBC Planning and Development Control Committee refused the application on similar grounds to WHPC.
We view these decisions as positive for the village and wider parish.
Agenda and webcasts from the committee last night can be found here:
07/03/2015: PARISH COUNCIL RESPONSES TO BRENTWOOD BOROUGH COUNCIL CONSULTATIONS
Please see below links to the Parish Council responses to the Brentwood Borough Council consultations on:
17/02/15: LETTER SUBMITTED TO BRENTWOOD BOROUGH COUNCIL
The Parish Council continues to work hard behind the scenes to fight excessive development in and around West Horndon. Following a further very positive and supportive meeting today with our MP Eric Pickles, we were informed that the request for an extension of time for the Strategic Growth Options Consultation was turned down, but agreement was given for us to submit a supplementary response based on new and additional information becoming available.
This afternoon we submitted a letter to the Chief Executive at Brentwood Borough Council confirming this and reserving the right of a supplementary response from not just the Parish Council, but also our residents.
A copy of the letter can be found here.
18/01/2015: BRENTWOOD MAYORAL & CIVIC EVENTS 2015
The following Mayoral and civic events will be taking place in Brentwood in 2015. For tickets or more information, contact Claire Hayden on 01277 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mayor's Charity Quiz: Friday 30th January, Brentwood County High School (Seven Arches Road), 6.45pm for 7.00pm prompt start. Ticket £15 including fish and chip supper.
Mayor's Charity Curry Night: Monday 16th February, The Pilgrims Korai (Ongar Road, Pilgrims Hatch), 7.30pm. Tickets £20, with live music.
Civic Dinner and Dance: Friday 6th March, Mount Ave Banqueting Suite (Hutton), 7.15pm for dinner at 8.00pm.
St. George's Night: Friday 24th April, Bardswell Social Close (Bardswell Close), 7.30pm. Tickets £15 including fish and chip supper and singer Diane Moore.
Mayor's End of Year Party: Saturday 16th May, Ashwells Country Club (Ashwells Road, Brentwood), 7.30pm
07/05/14: NEW WEBSITE
Welcome to the new West Horndon Parish website! Please take some time to take a look around, and any feedback would be warmly welcomed by the Communications Group.
Where to find us:
The village of West Horndon is located in the southernmost part of the Borough of Brentwood, with most of the Parish south of the A127 and west of the A128.